Sex and contraception

Personal freedom is inviolable. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions regarding their own bodies. Everyone has the right to plan when, and if, she or he wants to have children. Women have the right to decide whether they want to have an abortion, or not. In Denmark, women have had the right to abortion since 1973.

It is entirely up to you to decide who you want to have sex with - regardless of whether you are a man or a woman. You are also free to decide, whether you want to have sex before marriage. It is up to you, whether or not you want to have sex with someone of the opposite gender or of the same gender as yourself. For some people, the hymen is a symbol of a woman's virginity. The hymen is a membrane that looks different from woman to woman. Some women are born without a hymen. Many women do not bleed the first time they have sex with a man.

It is important that you know what options you and your partner have to protect yourselves when you have sex. This is true, both in relation to protecting yourselves against diseases and against unwanted pregnancy.

There are many kinds of contraceptives. Men can use condoms. Women can use birth control pills, mini-pills, IUDs, P-implants, vaginal rings and p-patches, amongst other things. You can also take a morning-after pill within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. Please note that condoms are the only option if you want to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases. You can always talk to your GP about contraception, sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

It is up to you to decide for yourself whether you want to say "yes" or "no" to sex - both as a man and as a woman - married or unmarried. As a woman, it is entirely up to you to decide whether you want to have an abortion if you have become pregnant without wanting to be. You have the right to have an abortion up until the 12th week of pregnancy. After the 12th week, there must be special reasons for an abortion.

Contact

The Danish Family Planning Organisation

The Danish Family Planning Organisation is an NGO that works with matters concerning sexual health, both at home and abroad. If you visit their website you will find information about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and abortion along with references to various counselling services that can be of help if needed.

Telephone: 33 93 10 10
www.sexogsamfund.dk

Sexlinien for unge (Sexual advice for youths)

You can call Sexlinien and receive information and advice about sex, gender, contraception, feelings, sexuality, love, sexual rights, body and sexually transmitted diseases. Sexlinien is for young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Telephone: 70 20 22 66
www.sexlinjen.dk (Danish only)

Contraception- and guidance clinic (Præventions- og Rådgivningsklinik)

At the contraception- and guidance clinic, you can get advice on sex and receive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. You do not need a referral from your GP and the consultation is free of charge. All you have to do, is call and make an appointment. You can also call anonymously and get advice about sex.

Telephone: 33 13 91 13

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Call for appointment: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Address: Julius Thomsens Gade 14B

1632 Copenhagen V

Etnisk Ung (Ethnic youth)

Etnisk Ung provides counselling if you have problems with your family or your partner. They provide advice if you are feeling under pressure, that you are being controlled, are about to be forced into marriage or have similar issues. The counselling is anonymous.

Telephone: 70 27 76 66
www.etniskung.dk (Danish only)

Sabaah

Sabaah is an organisation for homo-, bi- and transsexuals from non-Danish backgrounds. Sabaah provides counselling if you need it to resolve a difficult situation. Telephone: 33 23 20 00 (Counselling every Thursday from 6p.m. to 8 p.m.)
www.sabaah.dk

 

Rights and duties

Your personal freedom is inviolable. You have the right to make your own decisions regarding your body and therefore you have the right to say both "yes" and "no" to sex. This is also true if you are married. You have the right to decide whether you want a child or not. In Denmark, homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else.

Sex education is obligatory in school because it is important to know how you get pregnant and how you can protect yourself against both involuntary pregnancy and the diseases you can get from having unprotected sex.

You have the right to make your own decisions regarding your own body. You therefore have the right to say both "yes" and "no" to sex. Your personal freedom is inviolable.

If you get pregnant and do not want to have the baby, you can have an abortion up until the 12th week of pregnancy. This means that you can have the pregnancy terminated under safe conditions in a hospital.

It is entirely up to you whether you want to have an abortion, or not. It is not for your spouse, your in-laws or your parents to decide. Your doctor has taken an oath of secrecy, which means that if you do not tell your spouse or family about the abortion, they will not be told.

After the 12th week of pregnancy, you can only get an abortion if there are special medical or social reasons for having one, or if you suspect that there is something wrong with the foetus. Permission to have an abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy has to be applied for via your GP.

If you are under 18 years of age and want an abortion, you have to obtain permission from one of your parents. If you do not want your parents to know about the abortion, the Citizen Service Centre has the option to allow you to have an abortion even if your parents are against it.

 
 
 

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